Tuesday 21 November 2017

Family offers reward for information on senseless attack on great grandmother (94)

Emma Sword

A REWARD of up to £5,000 (€6,213)is being offered for information on a "senseless" and "vicious" attack which has left a 94-year-old great grandmother in hospital.

Emma Winnall, from Moseley, Birmingham, was attacked in her bed while she slept last week, West Midlands Police believe.



A motive for the attack remains unclear and police believe nothing was stolen during the attack.



Yesterday her family made an emotional appeal for information to help find those responsible for the assault.



Her daughter Joyce Blencoe said: "It's broken my heart to hear my frail and defenceless mum in hospital manage to say she was screaming for help and no one came.



"To see your mum viciously beaten and covered in blood is the most horrific nightmare," she told reporters at a press conference yesterday afternoon.



Detectives believe Mrs Winnall was assaulted in her home in Pensby Close between 9pm on April 30 and 9am the next morning, when she was found by her carer.



Mrs Blencoe, sitting beside her brother, 63-year-old John Winnall, said: "Someone out there knows who did this so please come forward before they do it to someone else.



"If anyone knows what happened, if they have suspicions that certain people may be involved or have information, then please come forward.



"Don't let it happen to anyone else."



Mrs Winnall, who suffered horrific injuries including a fractured skull and a partially severed finger, is in a stable condition in hospital following surgery.



Detectives are continuing to investigate the attack and several names have been put forward as potential suspects, West Midlands Police said.



The motive for the attack remains unclear, with detectives describing it as "senseless".



Detective Chief Inspector Sab Johal said: "I would like to thank Crimestoppers for offering this reward and say again that local people hold the key to finding who is responsible for this terrible attack.



"If you believe that you have any piece of information that may help our inquiries, I would ask you to call us or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.



"This was a shocking attack on a defenceless, elderly woman as she slept in her own bed. No one capable of carrying out such a despicable attack deserves protecting.



"I'm asking people to look into their consciences and if they have any suspicions about who may be responsible to contact police."



More than 20 police are working on the case, with items of Mrs Winnall's clothing being analysed for DNA.



Forensics experts are assessing Mrs Winnall's injuries to determine what implement may have caused them.



A reward of up to £5,000 is being offered by Crimestoppers to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction.



Pauline Hadley, Crimestoppers regional manager for the West Midlands, said: "Due to the age of this innocent victim, her life could have been taken as a result of this callous attack.



"This mindless incident appears to be completely unmotivated. It has left an elderly lady with serious injuries sustained from an attack which took place while she was defenceless and asleep in her own home.



"An implement is believed to have been used during the incident. Did someone you know act strangely that night or carry any objects that they wanted to remain unseen?



"Any information you have, even if you believe it is insignificant, is of extreme importance to us. Please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or by filling in our secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org as we need any help the public can give us."



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